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Heinkel Model's 1/200 Infanta Maria Teresa

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  • Member since
    March 2004
  • From: Belgium
Heinkel Model's 1/200 Infanta Maria Teresa
Posted by DanCooper on Thursday, May 18, 2023 5:13 PM

Hello ladies and gentlemen, a couple of weeks ago I started a new project, being a Victorian era Spanish battleship called the Infanta Maria Teresa.

The paper-and-cardboard model was designed by a spanish gentleman called Fernando Perez Yuste, aka Heinkel, or on an international papermodelers forum "heinkel111".

This isn't the first paper model I make of course, however it is the first paper model I make using a new weapon in my arsenal.  Usually, when I buy a paperkit I also try to find a lasercut set for it, being the frames or details, whatever makes life easier.  The Heinkel Models however are only available as digital purchase, there is no physical kit or book availabe. In other words, you pay for the use of a PDF file that you have to print yourself... or go to a copycenter of course if you don't have your own printer.  Great system, that means that you screw up as many times as needed to reach perfection, you can always re-print the parts... downside is that there are no lasercut sets available (to my knowledge).

Enter my new weapon ...

Now for the kit :

Cutting all the frames was done in less then an hour with a precision I could never achieve with a scalpel.

Cutting out the printed parts was of course done the more traditional oldfashioned way.

The railings for the gangways are lasercut again, from cereal packaging. And painted off white.

Four fire reels, the eifeltower-shaped stands are again lasercut.

(the ruler is metric)

All parts for the capstan are again hand cut.

And the next step (final thing I did today) was the first two cranes for the manipulation of the anchors.

And this is where I ended today :

It is always nice to have people comment on your build, however it gives an extra dimension when the designer of the kit himself comments :

To be continued...





On the bench : Revell's 1/125 RV Calypso

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, May 18, 2023 6:31 PM

Lovely job so far! Looking forward to following your progress.

I built the HMV 1/250 USS Maine during the Covid 'vacation' and had a ball. I love the pre-Dreadnought era with its sort of 'Jules Verne' looking ships...virtually ignored by 'plastic' manufacturers, but well-represented in lots of great paper designs. And yours looks like a corker!


ALSO...just a suggestion, if you haven't already done might consider cross-posting under the 'Ships' section. 'Paper Models' as a category is one that most modelers here probably gloss over on a regular basis. Crying


George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Friday, May 19, 2023 4:53 PM

Mr. Cooper - You're a brave soul, tackling this level of details with such deterination. This model is the rival to any of the best plastic molded ship kits, this will surely be one elegant finished product. Thanks for the post and great photos.


  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, May 20, 2023 8:23 AM

Gee, I wonder if I could use my criccut machine for doing that!

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, May 20, 2023 11:24 AM


 Well, you seem to have a handle on the cutting for sure! I haven't invested in that kind of gear because of one thing. I don't think I want to spend all the money when I am this advanced in age. Besides I use most of the Kits and Pdf's for patterns to build the vessel out of plastic. You have done an admirable job on this vessel. It looks like She is going a Crown jewel in your collection with attention to joints etc. as you have.

  • Member since
    March 2004
  • From: Belgium
Posted by DanCooper on Sunday, May 28, 2023 10:49 AM

Thank you gentlemen, I've worked a bit more on this young lady :

Thank you for your interest in my "work" :)


On the bench : Revell's 1/125 RV Calypso


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